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What a Ben Simmons trade would mean for 76ers: A team better built around Joel Embiid; a defensive drop-off

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Article Summary:

The Philadelphia 76ers dealing away Ben Simmons feels inevitable at this point after Simmons reportedly informed the Sixers that he wants to be traded and that he doesn’t plan to attend training camp in Philadelphia. If Simmons is traded, the result will likely be a Sixers team that is better built around Embiid – assuming that the Sixers are looking to net a replacement guard(s) in return.

2. A defensive drop-off

While the possibility exists that Embiid and the Sixers could improve offensively following a Simmons trade, it’s the other end where he would truly be missed.

The Sixers could get a solid defender back in a trade, but whoever it is won’t be as solid as Simmons, and in turn, the Sixers appear destined to take a hit on that end.

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